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Publisher's Summary

Do you really want to know what’s going on inside your daughter’s head? Single mother Kate Baron is in the meeting of her career when she is interrupted by a telephone call. Her daughter Amelia has just been suspended from her exclusive school. When Kate eventually arrives an hour later, she hears the news that no mother ever wants to hear.

A grieving Kate can't accept that her daughter would kill herself. But she soon discovers she didn't know Amelia quite as well as she thought. Then Kate receives an anonymous text saying simply: Amelia didn’t jump. And so begins an investigation which takes her deep into Amelia's private world, into her journals, her email account and into the mind of a troubled young girl.

©2013 Kimberly McCreight (P)2013 W F Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Like Gone Girl, this seamlessly marries a crime story with a relationship drama. And like Gone Girl it should be hailed as one of the best books of the year." ( Entertainment weekly)
"A very clever, menacing novel that will make you rightly wary of damaged teenage girls." ( Daily Mail)

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  • Lia
  • 06-07-20

A Beautiful Tragic Mystery

A unique and unusual mystery told through a combination of "normal" third person POV as well as the various modern means of communication (text message, Facebook status) to unravel what really did happen to the titular character, Amelia.

The book is well written and uncommon in its approach and execution, and perhaps perfectly executed for the unusual blend of storytelling methods. Most characters - the ones deepest to the narrative - are well fleshed out, and motives and methods are believable. Overall, the novel is excellent.

Why, then, am I only giving it four stars?

Perhaps the most beautiful and most damning aspect of this novel is Amelia herself, who is perhaps more the protagonist than her mother who is trying to reconstruct the events surrounding Amelia's death. Amelia is so perfectly written, so captivating a character, that her death is more tragic for unraveling who she was. The author did a fantastic job here, and it's ultimately why I can't give the book five stars. Ms. McCreight repeatedly uses the phrase from multiple perspectives that the world is a little darker for Amelia's death, and her writing backs that up demonstratively.

I cannot give the book five stars because I did not love it, because in the end - from the outset - the character that was the most beautiful, most captivating, most perfect in her imperfection is dead. And nothing will change that, which is the tragedy of the book, and makes the execution of the book so flawless.

Allow me to repeat that - this book is so flawlessly executed that I cannot love it, because it drives home the tragedy of the death of the titular character.

Truly, a spectacular listen, and highly recommended to see how well Amelia is crafted, as well as the rest of her world. But also a frustrating listen, because the more you read and understand the characters, the more you understand the true tragedy framing the book.

The narration was excellent

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-08-17

Amazing end twist

The plot twist at the end is totally worth the wait. Narrated very well!!Enjoyed it

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  • Mrs. K. I. Richards
  • 01-07-15

do you know your child?

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kate thought she knew Amelia, they could talk about anything, until amelila committed suicide. kate couldn't understand why Amelia could do such a thing and she not know the reason why. she desperately needs to know the reason why.
the story is told in the first person by kate and Amelia and goes back and forth in time.
both of these characters were well written to the point you felt sorry for them both. it is an emotionally charged book where secrets are revealed at the end.
an enjoyable listen.

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  • Mrs. S. E. Bellwood
  • 05-06-14

entertaining

a good story with lots of twists and turns, kept me interested until the end

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  • moonlilyxxx
  • 16-12-20

gripping from start to finish!

I got this on a whim in the sale, and wow it exceeded all of my expectations! An eclectic mixture of crime thriller, whodunnit, mean girls teen fiction and gossip girl style column ... it works perfectly! Narration was brilliant and I was captured in the first chapter. The characters really came to life, it was a real page turner. I grieved with the mother and felt the emotional turmoil of her teenage daughter. I was kept on tenterhooks right up until the end! fantastic!!!

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  • CanadianCuz
  • 18-07-19

just Buy It - And Keep Guessing Right To the End

Thoroughly enjoyed. It just kept giving and pulling you through until the end. A compelling insight into the complicated world of our teenagers today and the psyche that leads them to take the wrong turns that as adults we just don't understand.

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  • Bernie
  • 19-11-17

Every mother’s nightmare

Brilliant story and beautifully narrated. Totally believable and heartbreaking. A realistic depiction of the secret life of teenagers.

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  • dee
  • 03-05-17

reconstructing amelia

An excellent performance and works so well on audible with the voices of different events telling the story of what happened in the days leading up to Amelias death. A very fast paced story with some unexpected revelations about characters in the story.

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  • Becca
  • 11-12-16

Beautifully written...

Tears will be shed whilst listening to this book. Phenomenally written and beautifully read. Kimberley McCreight is ridiculously talented at portraying raw emotion and truly making you feel a character's pain.

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  • ali brighton
  • 19-08-16

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worth a listen . narration ok but mother had an idly deep voice . varying narrators makes it an interesting listen. story ok. most 'twists ' rather obvious

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  • amy mold
  • 14-09-15

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Was a hard story to keep listening. Self centred mother until it is to late. Was not impressed with the narration, the narrator wasn't really in to reading it.

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  • gembot
  • 21-07-15

Plot twister

A great investigative and emotional story. Lots of twists and turns along the way that keep you guessing as to how it happened and who was responsible.

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  • Julie Merrett
  • 07-05-20

Slowish start but absolutely worth it

Great storyline and unexpected finish. start was a little slow so keep at it. Loved the dual narrative. Recommend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-09-17

Highly recommended

I thoroughly enjoyed this book about teenagers and their parents, relationships at school and bullying. Cliff hanger right until the end. Well narrated. Don't pass this one over

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  • Monica
  • 29-05-15

twist turns and tears

loved it! and you will too!
great narrative by all .
this book with have you guessing all the way.
it will make you think about the friends your child keeps!